- Last Updated: 2:40 AM, November 21, 2012
- Posted: 1:05 AM, November 21, 2012
Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s decision to pull out of the mayoral race and run for comptroller instead is already having political ripple effects across the river in Brooklyn.
Term-limited City Councilman Domenic Recchia Jr., who was seriously mulling a run for comptroller, has been told by several Democratic leaders to scrap that dream and run for borough president, sources told The Post yesterday.
“Recchia has been told he’ll have little support [of the Brooklyn Dem machine] against Stringer for comptroller, and that he should run for borough president — or nothing at all,” said one operative.
“I’d be shocked if he runs for anything but borough president.”
Asked to comment, Recchia said, “The last thing I’m thinking about is campaigning right now. My district in Coney Island has been devastated” by Hurricane Sandy.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is term-limited from running again.
But political operatives say Recchia is privately seething over Stringer’s decision to run for comptroller, adding that the Manhattan borough president switched races as part of larger backroom political deal to boost Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s chances of becoming the next mayor.
The only major candidate currently in the 2013 Brooklyn borough president race is state Sen. Eric Adams. Democratic sources said if Recchia were to run for Beep he’d have support of Southern Brooklyn, while Adams would have Central Brooklyn’s backing, so the race for the Democratic nomination would come down to the Brownstone Belt.